Ridge Road closed early Tuesday after car crashes into DQ

  An SUV remains embedded in the Dairy Queen 
  restaurant at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Police 
  are investigating the crash but have not yet 
  released information.
(Photo by Eric Crump/
  H-F Chronicle)

A car slammed into Homewood Dairy Queen early Tuesday morning, and Ridge Road from Highland Avenue to Ashland Avenue is closed while police investigate.

Police said two occupants of the vehicle were transported to an area hospital, where their condition is being evaluated. A passenger had exited the vehicle before emergency responders arrived, but the driver had to be extricated by Homewood Fire Department personnel.

The vehicle apparently was traveling westbound when it crashed into the east side of the building. 

Anne Sutkus, who lives across the street in the 1600 block of Ridge, said she heard the impact sometime after 3 a.m. and her husband called 911. 

Another neighbor, Nick Mandich, said he heard a long screech and the sound of the impact at about 3:30 a.m.

"I figured somebody hit a pole," he said. "I'm glad nobody was in the building."

Homewood Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit is conducting the investigation with assistance from the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team.

A message was posted on the Dairy Queen Facebook page: "Due to damage caused in overnight accident, the Dairy Queen will be closed until further notice. We will update all of our loyal customers as we have more information."

More information to follow.

Homewood police ask anyone with information about the crash to call 708-206-3420.

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